JUST IN: Sons Of The Flag Endowment For Burn Care Supplies Is Established At Parkland Health And Hospital System

Over the years Parkland Health and Hospital has become renowned for being the only adult and pediatric center in North Texas verified by the American Burn Association. In addition to its reputation for its specialized treatments, it has provided it for those who are uninsured.

Yesterday afternoon, the Sons of the Flag established the Sons of the Flag Endowment for Burn Care Supplies with a $12,500 contribution that was matched by anonymous donation via Parkland Foundation.

Mary Meier-Evans, Herb Phelan, Ryan Parrott, Steven Wolf, Stephanie Campbell, Kathy Doherty and Beth Dexter*

The results? The $25,000 total will “support and enhance burn care at Parkland Health and Hospital System by providing wound kits and supplies for uninsured burn patients.”

According to Sons of the Flag President/CEO Ryan Parrott, “This is an exciting opportunity for Sons of the Flag to live out its mission and expand access to critical supplies and treatment for many in our community who cannot afford them. To partner with Parkland Foundation in supporting the Parkland Burn Center through this endowment is an important step in ensuring we are doing everything we can to improve burn care throughout North Texas.”

On hand for the announcement in addition to the media were Sons of the Flag Director of Development Mary Meier-Evans, Parkland Foundation Development Officer Beth Dexter and Parkland Burn Center’s Dr. Herb Phelan, Dr. Steven Wolf, Stephanie Campbell and Kathy Doherty.

The Sons of the Flags has also provided more than $10,000 in in-kind donations of Go Bags, clothing, toys, snacks and holiday decorations thanks to its supporters and volunteers.

Parkland Foundation President/CEO David Krause said, “We are grateful for the ongoing generosity of Sons of the Flag and their commitment to helping the patients in Parkland’s burn center. Their most recent gift to establish an endowment to support the burn center will help Parkland provide life-saving care to burn patients for generations to come.”

Sons of the Flag “is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting military, first responder, and civilian burn survivors by providing funding for innovative research, technology and education. We bring together passionate community leaders, pioneering physicians, experienced military service members, dedicated first responders and purposeful civilians to complete our mission.”

* Photo provided by Sons of the Flag

MySweet2017Goals: Ryan “Birdman” Parrott

Ryan Parrott*

According to Sons of the Flag Founder Ryan “Birdman” Parrott,

My personal goal is plain and simple. Be the best new dad I can be in 2017. Son is 4 months old currently.

“Two business goals are Complete Operation Miracle Jump for the Birds Eye View Project and grow Sons of the Flag to a national charity covering down on more burn survivors than previous years.”

* Photo provided by 
Sons of the Flag

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Stars And Stripes Luncheon And Film Festival

According to 2016 Stars And Stripes Luncheon And Film Festival Chairman Mary Humphreys Parker,

Mary Humphreys Parker (File photo)

Mary Humphreys Parker (File photo)

“I am honored to be asked to chair the 2016 Stars And Stripes Luncheon and Film Festival and have the upmost respect for former Navy SEAL and founder Ryan “Birdman” Parrott. His dedication to our country and veterans is remarkable. And to see what he has done in a few short years establishing Sons of the Flag gives us all hope that our servicemen can get the help they need. This organization is one of the few that helps Veterans, First-Responders and Civilian Burn Survivors and I am proud to be a part of it.

“We want to thank Stripe-A-Zone and Clay Cooley Auto Group for signing on early as presenting sponsors again this year. Their support of Sons of the Flag truly help propel the organization forward.

Clay and Lisa Cooley (File photo)

Clay and Lisa Cooley (File photo)

“This is our third annual event and will again feature a seated luncheon event followed by a weekend full of films. The festival will be held Friday, November 11 to Sunday, 13, with the luncheon event on Friday, November 11, which happens to be Veterans Day this year. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate and honor our heroes. The keynote speaker will be United States Congressman Sam Johnson. Congressman Johnson is a decorated war hero and native Texan and ranks among the few Members of Congress to fight in combat. Congressman Johnson is a decorated war hero and native Texan and ranks among the few Members of Congress to fight in combat. During his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Rep. Johnson flew combat missions in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He endured nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War in Hanoi, including 42 months in solitary confinement. A decorated combat veteran and war hero, Sam was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, one Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, four Air Medals, and three Outstanding Unit Awards.

Sam Johnson (File photo)

Sam Johnson (File photo)

“Additionally, Sons of the Flag will present the first Legacy Award to Dr. Stephen Burgher, a lead physician at the Baylor Scott And White Health Center, and a Marine Corps trauma team leader at a military medical unit in Afghanistan. We are thrilled that Nancy and David Burgher have agreed to serve as our honorary co-chairs, as they are loved and admired by so many, and embody the American Spirit of Faith and Love of Country in everything they do.

“The Stars And Stripes Film Festival will continue to celebrate our nation’s finest as represented in film, and announcements about our line-up will be made in early fall. This year’s film festival portion will move to Highland Park Village Theater. Sponsorships and passes are now on sale and can be purchased with the sponsorship contract.  Luncheon tickets and tables as well as individual film tickets can be purchased later this fall.

The Stars And Stripes Film Festival is programmed by James Faust, Artistic Director of the Dallas Film Society. The Dallas Film Society is a proud partner of Sons of the Flag and is instrumental in the success of the Stars And Stripes Film Festival. This is the third year that DFS has supported Sons of the Flag and has programmed the film festival.

All funds raised directly benefit Veteran, First-Responder and Civilian Burn Survivors supported by Sons of the Flag.

“For more information, please contact Mary Meier

Round Robin October 29: 16th Annual Mission Ole And Stars And Stripes Film Festival Sponsors Party

Thursday, October 29, proved to once again return Thursday to its status as the busiest day of the week. Earlier in the day there were The Dallas Opera’s First Sight luncheon and fashion show at the Winspear and Mosaic’s 5th Annual Partners and Possibilities Luncheon at the Addison Conference and Theatre Center north of town. That was just the warm up for the evening’s activities that included the 2015 David Wiessman Bridge Builder Award Dinner at The Adolphus Hotel co-chaired by Holly Deason and Blaine Nelson and honoring Ron Haddock. Even Fort Worth was buzzing with the NewDay Services for Children and Families at The Cendera Center!

But back in Dallas, there was still fun and fundraising going on.

16th Annual Mission Ole

Greg Nieberding

Greg Nieberding

The Day of the Dead makeup

The Day of the Dead makeup

Mission Ole alter

Mission Ole alter

Despite being within a hair’s breadth of October 31, the Trinity River Mission fundraiser’s 16th Annual Mission Ole could have easily been mistaken for a Halloween dress rehearsal. Evidently Chair Greg Nieberding recognized the growing popularity of “Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)” and deemed it to be the theme for the gathering at 3015 at Trinity Groves.

Gary and Cindy Turner

Gary and Cindy Turner

Against a wall was a presentation of art that was in keeping with “The Day of the Dead” tradition in which “alters” are created as a tribute and celebration of the life of a deceased loved one. The artwork contains such things as the person’s favorite things like food, pets, musical instruments, etc.  On this occasion the alter was filled with artwork honoring Donna Graham, who founded Trinity River Mission.

Trinity River Mission Ballet folklorico dancers

Trinity River Mission Ballet folklorico dancers

One highlight of the evening was the ballet folklorico performance by Trinity River Mission students. Not only were they adorable in their colorful costumes, they knew how to do a showstopping presentation to the delight of their parents and guests like Cindy and Gary Turner, Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke.

Still another memorable moment was TRM grad Carina Torres, who went on to graduate from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. She told of the importance TRM had in her life.  A little later in the evening Carina, who is a founding member of Nicolay Dance Works in Huntsville, returned to perform a solo dance.

The evening was such a hit that they’ve already reserved 3015 at Trinity Groves on Thursday, November 3, for the 17th Annual Mission Ole.

Stars & Stripes Film Festival Patron Party

Tanya Foster and Lisa Cooley

Tanya Foster and Lisa Cooley

North of the Dallas North Tollway at Lisa and Clay Cooley’s spread, the sponsors of the Stars & Stripes Film Festival were filling the mansion to talk about the upcoming fundraiser for Sons of the Flag. While some guests chose to ride the Cooley Cart from the estate’s entrance to the residence, others decided to walk along the drive past the tennis court and pond and over the bridge to the front door. Shoot! It was such a gorgeous night, why not?

Pam and Vin Perella, Pam Busbee and Christie Carter

Pam and Vin Perella, Pam Busbee and Christie Carter

With SOTF Founder/President/CEO Ryan Parrott greeting folks like Pam and Vin Perella, Lynn and Allan McBee, Christie Carter and Pam Busbee at the door, Festival Co-Chairs Tanya and Pete Foster were talking with vets and going over details of the November 12-15 festivities at the Angelika plus the lunch on Friday, November 13, at the Dallas Country Club with Gen. Tommy Franks.

Midway through the evening, the Cooley staircase was put to use to tell about the upcoming film festival. From it Ryan told the history of Sons of the Flag and how it really started with his meeting Ret. Capt. Sam Brown, who suffered third-degree burns over 30% of his body.

Ryan and Director of Development Mary Meier even got David Sargent of Stripe-A-Zone to get up on the staircase and tell how important it was for his company to be the presenting sponsor of the festival.

 James Faust

James Faust

BTW, the opening night will not only feature “Zero Dark Thirty,” but Seal Team Member/native Texan Tyler Black will be on hand.

Also on hand was Dallas Film Society Artistic Director James Faust, who helped curate the collection of films. He was also looking forward to the DFS’s The Art of Film on Friday, November 20, at The Space on Oak Lawn with Isabella Rossellini.

Wednesday Belongs To A Very Special Group Of People

If you don’t know a veteran, you’ve got 24 hours to find one. They’re remarkable folks, who served the U.S. in some capacity and Wednesday is Veterans Day. It’s the day when the country takes time to appreciate the sacrifices made by those serving in the military.

The weather forecast calls for the possibility of showers for the Dallas Veterans Day Parade, but what’s a little rain when you realize what these folks have done. This year’s parade “will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. In addition to honoring all veterans, this year’s parade will specifically recognize the sacrifices World War II service men and women made to preserve the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today.”

Even if you can’t make the parade, there are still opportunities in which you can show your support like the Daughters of World War II luncheon at the Hilton Anatole. It’s going to a very special occasion, since the number of WWII vets is dwindling.

And there’s also the Stars & Stripes Film Festival that kicks off Thursday at the Angelika and continues through Sunday, November 15. There is even a luncheon Friday at the Dallas County Club with Gen. Tommy Franks benefiting Sons of the Flag. According to S&SFF Co-Chair Pete Foster, Navajo code breaker Samuel Holiday is scheduled to be on hand Saturday, at 3 p.m.

Round Robin 8/27 Part I: DSOL Reception, La Fiesta De Las Seis Banderas Check Presentation And Stars And Stripes Festival Kick Off

As a warm-up for the upcoming fall fundraising season, the evening of Thursday, August 27, was a real workout all over town. Here is Part One of the evening’s activities:

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Past Chair Reception

Venise Stuart

Venise Stuart

Melissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis

Jolie Humphrey

Jolie Humphrey

Tincy Miller

Tincy Miller

Just up Preston Road, Tootsie’s upper level was a showcase of formal evening gowns. And checking out the dazzling threads were members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League with all types of DSOL Presentation Ball chairs doing the modeling like Kay Weeks, Dixey Arterburn, Jolie Humphrey, Sarah Frazee, Venise Stuart, Melissa Lewis and Tincy Miller, who founded the event in 1987. Providing the background of each of the models’ involvement with the ball plus the 2015-2016 fashion trends was Jan Strimple, who will manage to produce the extravaganza on the Meyerson stage on Saturday, February 20.

La Fiesta De Las Seis Banderas Check Presentation

Mary Hubbard, Tom and Julie Trigg and Lori Martin

Mary Hubbard, Tom and Julie Trigg and Lori Martin

Anne Besser and Kathleen Whalen

Anne Besser and Kathleen Whalen

Just south of Tootsie’s on Preston Road in Highland Park Village’s Mockingbird Room, the 2015 La Fiesta De Las Banderas Co-Chairs Mary Hubbard and Lori Martin were doling out $454,950 to recipients like The Family Place’s Paige Flink, University Park Library’s Kathy Cosgrove, Sharon Martin, Barbara Daniel and Julie Nunez and Highland Park Literary Festival Co-Chairs Anne Besser and Kathleen Whalen.

New kid-on-the-block Highland Park Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg and his wife Julie Trigg were feeling right at home among the Parkies.

Stars And Stripes Film Festival Kick Off

Just down the way in HP Village at the movie theater, Stars And Stripe Film Festival Co-Chairs Tanya and Pete Foster were hosting the kick-off of the Sons Of The Flags fundraiser.

Ryan Parrott, Mary Meier and Tanya and Pete Foster

Ryan Parrott, Mary Meier and Tanya and Pete Foster

After SOTF founder/President/CEO Ryan Parrott briefly explained how important funding was to help military, first responders and civilian burn victims, Tanya and Pete revealed plans for the festival that will run Thursday, November 12 thru Sunday, November 15, at the Angelika.

Tanya told how Lynn and Allan McBee had been the chairs for the first festival last year and “They set the bar really high last year.”

Pete then explained how the number of new burn victims outnumbers burn specialists, creating a lack of available care.

Syd and Margaret Carter

Syd and Margaret Carter

Honorary Co-Chairs will be Margaret and Syd Carter with SOF Board of Director Connie Boucher chairing the luncheon at the Dallas Country Club featuring retired Gen. Tommy Franks on Friday, November 13.

Dallas Film Society President/CEO Lee Papert introduced a reel of trailers promoting just a smidgen of the films to be screened at the festival including “Patton,” “We Are Soldiers” and a documentary on 9/11 first responders,

Sons of the Flag Director of Development Mary Meier reported that already $75K had been raised and emphasized that people should stay after the screenings of the movies for the Q&A’s. For instance, the Native American community is bringing in WWII code talkers to discuss “Windtalkers.” Honorary Co-Chair Syd will speak at the end of “Bridges of Toko Ri.” Following the showing of “Patton,” the late Gen. George Patton’s grandson, George Patton Waters will discuss “life with George.”

While individual tickets don’t go on sale until October, sponsorships are available now.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Stars And Stripes Film Festival

According to Stars And Stripes Film Festival Co-Chair Tanya Foster,

“Pete Foster and I are constantly humbled by the sacrifices that our Veterans have made to secure our Freedom!  We are proud Americans, and to have the opportunity to serve as the Co-Chairs of the second annual Stars & Stripes Film Festival benefiting Sons of the Flag is truly an honor. Sons of the Flag was founded by former Navy SEAL Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, who served on SEAL Team 7, and his passion for honoring Veterans is infectious!

Stars and Stripes Film Festival*

Stars and Stripes Film Festival*

“We are also huge film buffs, and after serving as the president & CEO of the Dallas Film Society for two years, I have remained involved with supporting the film industry, particularly here in Dallas.

“The Stars and Stripes Film Festival brings together two of our passions perfectly! The Festival will be held November 12-15 at the Angelika Theater at Mockingbird Station, and we know that all our friends and businesses in Dallas who honor Veterans in the same way we do will want to be Sponsors or purchase passes by going to wwwSonsoftheFlag.org. Individual tickets will be available in late October.  Sponsorships begin at $250 and the sponsorship form can be downloaded here. A huge thank you to Stripe-A-Zone for serving as Presenting Sponsor this year, and to our Honorary Co-Chairs Margaret and Syd Carter! All funds raised directly benefit Veteran, First-Responder and Civilian Burn Survivors supported by Sons of the Flag.

“The 2015 film line-up will be announced at the August 27th kick-off party. The speakers that will be associated with each film will be announced at a later date. Films to be screened this year include:

  • “‘Patton’ – Opening night film and party
  • “‘Last Days in Vietnam’
  • “‘Zero Dark Thirty’
  • “‘The Bridges of Toko-Ri’
  • “‘Windtalkers’
  • “‘Good Job FDNY’
  • “‘We Were Soldiers’
  • “‘Max’
  • “‘Memphis Belle’
  • “‘In Defense of Freedom’: A special documentary film featuring Highland Park High School veterans and their stories
Lee Papert, Tanya Foster and James Faust*

Lee Papert, Tanya Foster and James Faust*

“Pete and I are also thrilled about the seated luncheon event that has been added to the film festival on Friday, November 13, featuring keynote speaker Ret. General Tommy Franks. General Franks was appointed a director on August 26, 2013. General Franks is a retired four-star General. General Franks was promoted to Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command in June, 2000. The world knows General Franks best following the culmination of an almost four-decade military career that saw him lead American and Coalition troops in two strategically unprecedented campaigns in two years as Commander of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  I know that he will be fascinating, and Dallas Country Club will offer a wonderfully intimate setting to hear him speak!  We expect a quick sell-out for the luncheon so don’t delay.

“The Stars and Stripes Film Festival is programmed by James Faust, Artistic Director of the Dallas Film Society. The Dallas Film Society is a proud partner of Sons of the Flag and is instrumental in the success of the Stars & Stripes Film Festival.

“Come join us and enjoy film, fascinating conversation while helping our military and first responders!”

* Photo provided by Stars And Stripes Film Festival

Gen. Tommy Franks (Ret.) To Be Keynote Speaker At Stars & Stripes Film Festival Luncheon Benefiting Sons Of The Flag

Pete and Tanya Foster (File photo)

Pete and Tanya Foster (File photo)

Timing is everything. And 2015 Stars & Stripes Film Festival Co-Chairs Tanya and Pete Foster are right on time. With Memorial Day reminding young and old of the sacrifices those serving in the military have made, they’ve announced initial plans for the Sons of the Flag fundraiser.

Of course, there will be the film festival that is “anticipated” to have nine screenings at the Angelika Theater at Mockingbird Station starting on Thursday, November 12. Coordinating arrangements with the Dallas Film Society, they plan to announce final deets for the festival in August.

Re. General Tommy R. Franks*

Ret. Gen. Tommy R. Franks*

But what they have locked down is a seated luncheon on Friday, November 13, at the Dallas Country Club. The keynote speaker will be none other than Gen. Tommy Franks (Ret.).

According to his bio, “President George W. Bush calls Franks ‘a down-to-earth, no-nonsense guy.’ His troops call him ‘a Soldier’s General,’ and his associates call him ‘an astute businessman.’ His grandkids call him, ‘Pooh.’

Since the luncheon is a part of the overall festival, it will be included in the various sponsorship packages.

According to Tanya, “We do not anticipate having single luncheon tickets available once we process the sponsorship contracts.”

Translation: If you want to lock down a place at the luncheon, better check out the sponsorship level that suits you. And it would be wise to go ahead and do it now instead of waiting until August when the final rundown of films is announced.

* Photo provided by Stars & 
Stripes Film Festival

MySweetWishList: Sons Of The Flag

According to Sons of the Flag Founder/President/CEO Ryan “Birdman” Parrott,

Ryan “Birdman” Parrott*

Ryan “Birdman” Parrott*

“The mission of Sons of the Flag is to provide assistance to military, civilian, and first-responders who have been burned. Sons of the Flag is proud to support the Parkland Health and Hospital System Burn Center here in Dallas. The Parkland Burn Center is one of the largest civilian burn units in the nation, and cares for some 2,000 children and adult burn survivors annually.

Sons Of The Flag*

Sons Of The Flag*

“Sons of the Flag is providing ‘Go Bags’ for families who arrive at the Burn Unit, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and a critically injured loved one receiving life-saving care. ‘Go Bags’ are filled with water bottles, pre-packaged snacks, blankets and other items that will help family members during those first 48 hours of grueling waiting and fear as their loved-one’s burns are being treated. We are in need of water bottles, pre-packaged snacks, and travel size toiletries to help fill these ‘Go Bags.’ Monetary contributions to purchase those items are also appreciated.”

-Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, Sons of the Flag Founder/President/CEO

* Graphic and photo provided by Sons of the Flag

Round Robin October 23 (Evening): Stars And Stripes Film Festival And Celebrating Women Luncheon Patron Parties

There should have been a tram running between Margaret and Barry Hancock’s swankienda and Kathy and Harlan Crow’s one-of-a-kind estate on the other side of Turtle Creek on Thursday, October 23Comerica at the Cele. Guests were passing each other, trying to be at both fundraisers.

Stars and Stripes Film Festival Patron Party

Kathy and Harlan Crow opened their incredible two-story library for the patrons of the Stars and Stripes Film Festival like Tanya and Pete Foster, Christie Carter, Billie Leigh Rippey, Louise and Guy Griffeth,

Christie Carter and Pete and Tanya Foster

Christie Carter and Pete and Tanya Foster

Susan and Bob Kaminski

Susan and Bob Kaminski

Jennifer and Doug Houser, Ann and Bob Dyer, Susan and Bob Kaminski and Don Winspear. The Sons of the Flag fundraiser will take place Thursday, October 6, at the Angelika Film Center.

How big is the library? At one point just inside the entry alcove, Harlan asked what all the noise was coming from the library proper. It was a 20-piece orchestra complete with singer. Playing tunes like “Somewhere Beyond the Sea,” the band was made up of retired vets. For this occasion they had volunteered to play. And play they did.

Up Swing Band

Up Swing Band

And by the way, it wasn’t an all-boy band. The drummer and a saxophone player were both gals. Could have stayed all night just listening to them or wandering the grounds like first-time visitor Key Coker.

But there was a chap who stood out in the heady crowd. Yes, he was taller than most. And, yes, he seemed to have a celebrity aura about him. Perhaps it was because of his celebrity status. It was commentator Glenn Beck. One person admitted, “I don’t like his politics, but I heard him speak and he’s very good.”

Glenn and Tania Beck and Kathy and Harlan Crow

Glenn and Tania Beck and Kathy and Harlan Crow

When someone asked Glenn if they could take his photo, Harlan quipped, “If I was him, I’d say ‘no.’”

Celebrating Women Patron Party

On the other side of Turtle Creek, the Celebrating Women patrons filled Margaret and Barry Hancock’s home to the max with folks like Linda McFarland, Michal Powell, Diane and Joel Allison, Dr. Alan Miller, Kim and Greg Miller, Margo Goodwin, Debbie Oates, Barbara Stuart and Katherine Coker, whose husband Key was over at the Crows’ party. So much so that it was hard to find the hosts. But there was good reason. They were there for a part of the evening. The Hancocks, like others, were party juggling.

Lindalyn Adams

Lindalyn Adams

Not to worry. Things came off without a hitch. Thanks to a microphone in the living room, Baylor Health Care System Foundation President Robin Robinson told the crowd of how in playing the Dallas Country Club’s 17th hole, he had wondered who was building this incredible house. He went on to recognize key folks around the room, who had made the next day’s fundraiser possible — Tom Thumb’s Connie Yates, Comerica Bank’s Julia Welborn and Lindalyn Adams to name a few.

Daffan Nettle, Maggie Kipp, Julia Welborn and Lisa Longino

Daffan Nettle, Maggie Kipp, Julia Welborn and Lisa Longino

When he called Co-Chairs Lisa Longino and Daffan Nettle and Underwriting Chair Maggie Kipp up front and asked them if they’d like to speak, the gals knew brevity was the secret to successful speaking. They took a pass and just smiled.

The Celebrating Women Luncheon has raised more than $21M since being launched 15 years ago to fight breast cancer and, thanks to their efforts, the battle will continue.

Sons Of The Flag Kicks Off “Stars & Stripes Film Festival” At Theater With Popcorn, Plans And Peeps

Friendships and connections, military and otherwise, were much in evidence last Wednesday, August 27, at the host committee kickoff for the inaugural Stars & Stripes Film Festival. Nearly 100 people attended the kickoff event at a Highland Park movie theatre, where plans were unveiled for 14 military-themed films to be shown during the November 6-9 festival at the Angelika Film Center benefiting an organization called Sons of the Flag .

Stars & Stripes Film Festival*

Stars & Stripes Film Festival*

The nonprofit group was started by Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, a former Navy SEAL, in order to support military, first responder, and civilian burn survivors.

While guests like Randall Goss, Paige McDaniel, Steve Stodghill and Harry Hunsicker enjoyed movie snacks like fresh popcorn and Junior Mints, Dallas Film Society’s Lee Papert and James Faust introduced trailers for all 14 flicks.

They ranged from Top Gun and Saving Private Ryan to Platoon, Stripes, and Missing in Action. Joked Faust: “We tried to cover all the [military] bases, but it was really hard to find a Coast Guard film. I’m really sorry to all the guardsmen out there.”

Harlan Crow library IMG_8361One of the films to be shown at the November festival, titled Act of Valor, focuses on the exploits of Parrott’s SEAL teammates. Another connection was Parrott’s friendship with Allan McBee, who’s agreed to co-chair the festival along with his wife, Lynn. Louise and Guy Griffeth, whose son is currently serving with the Special Forces in Afghanistan, will be the honorary chairs. Kathy and Harlan Crow will honor the festival sponsors with an October 23 party in the Crow Library, it was announced.

Perhaps the most poignant connection at Wednesday’s kickoff, though, was the appearance of Ret. Army Capt. Sam Brown, who was in the audience and recognized from the stage. Brown was struck by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2008, suffering burns over 30 percent of his body. Sons of the Flag “was started on behalf of Sam Brown,” Parrott said.

* Graphic provided by Stars & Stripes Film Festival

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Stars & Stripes Film Festival

According to Stars & Stripes Film Festival Co-Chair Lynn McBee,

“My husband Allan McBee and I are thrilled to be chairing the inaugural Stars & Stripes Film Festival, honoring veterans as well as active duty service men and women.  This four day film festival, November 6-9, is the first of its kind for North Texas, and will include four days of iconic films and documentaries, celebrating our nation’s finest!

Guy and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

Guy and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

“Honorary Chairs Louise and Guy Griffeth have a son actively serving in the military overseas, and they are equally thrilled to be a part of this patriotic event, that will appeal to film buffs and Patriots alike. The Stars & Stripes Film Festival will benefit Sons of the Flag, a Dallas nonprofit founded by former Navy SEAL Ryan “Birdman” Parrott.  Sons of the Flag supports military, first-responder and civilian burn survivors.

“Sponsors will be honored by Kathy and Harlan Crow in late October in the Crow Library. For more information about sponsorships or ticket sales, contact Mary Meier, [email protected].”

American Legacy Celebration Kicks Off Veterans Week

The Sons of the Flag, a nonprofit group that helps military, first responders and civilians overcome burn injuries, is gearing up for its American Legacy Celebration 2013 Saturday at the Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney.

The inaugural event, emceed by writer David Feherty, will showcase military aircraft and equipment, activities for kids, and musical entertainment by performers including Ashleigh Lisset, 121 North, and Sonny Burgess.

Highlight of the free, all-day celebration, which kicks off Veterans Week, will be a “Legacy Jump Skydive.” The skydive will feature a U.S. veteran from each war since World War II, as well as a former member of the New York Fire Department.

American Legacy Celebration 2013 is free and open to the public.